August 23, 2014

Botulism Outbreak in Western Alaska

Clostridium botulism

According to Alaska Dispatch News, state officials are investigating a botulism outbreak in Western Alaska. Two people have been sickened and one person died after eating a meal of fermented fish heads. The patients lived in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Samples of food are being tested, and samples from people who have been sick are being examined for the botulinum toxin. If the death is confirmed as from botulism poisoning, it will be the first death in that state from botulism since 2007. The person who died complained of seeing double and feeling sick after eating the fish. Botulism toxin is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria grows in anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions, such as in canned low-acid foods. A tiny amount of the toxin is enough to kill a person. … [Read more...]

Corfinio Foods Products Recalled for Possible Botulism

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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any canned soups or sauces made by Corfinio Foods of Richmond because they were improperly processed. That means they are susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria produces a toxin that can cause illness and death. Corfinio Foods has suspended production of all of its canned soups and sauces, and the firm is working with officials to come into compliance with state requirements. There have been no reported illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products. The soups and sauces are packaged in glass, mason style jars with metal screw on lids. They were sold at Brandermill Green Market. All of the products are marked with the Corfinio Foods label. … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak Linked to Chili Sauce Sickened 8

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

Recalled jarred sauces made by VR Greens have hospitalized two people in Ohio with botulism poisoning. The products, which included pesto sauce, tomato sauce and pasta sauce were not properly processed. Botulism, a severe, sometimes fatal, form of food poisoning caused by ingesting a nerve toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is rare. Less than 30 cases of foodborne botulism are reported annually in the United States. Most botulism outbreaks are caused by home-canned foods that are improperly processed, but some have been linked to commercially-produced foods. Outbreaks have been linked to canned salmon, smoked fish, Italian olives, bottled garlic and baby food. Restaurant foods including sauteed onions, chopped bottled garlic, potato salad and baked potatoes have also … [Read more...]

Recalled VR Greens Products Associated with Botulism Outbreak

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

Two people in Ohio are hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with recalled VR Greens products. The recall, issued last week, said that the jarred foods were not properly processed, which increase the risk of Clostridium botulinum bacterial growth. The bacteria produces a toxin that causes serious illness and death with just a tiny amount. At the time of the recall, the FDA mentioned that two people were ill, but we did not know whether they lived. According to Cleveland.com, both patients were on ventilators. One person is recovering, but the other is still on the ventilator  and was transferred to a long-term care facility. There are only about 30 cases of foodborne botulism every year in the United States. Most cases are from home-canned food. Testing by the Cincinnati … [Read more...]

Souperb Soup Products Botulism Warning in Virginia

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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any soup products made by Souperb of Richmond. The products were improperly processed, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum toxin. A voluntary recall will be issued by the company later today. No cases of illness have been reported to date. But botulinum toxin can causer serious illness and death, even in tiny quantities. The soups are packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids. They were sold at farmer's markets in the area, retail stores, and the Souperb store at 314 North 25th Street in Richmond. The jars are labeled with the Souperb name. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in doubled plastic bags and place in the … [Read more...]

Two People Ill, Associated with VR Green Farms Jarred Food in CA

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The jars were not properly processed. Consuming food contaminated with botulinum toxin can lead to serious illness and death. Two people are sick with botulism poisoning that officials suspect may be associated with the company's Pine Nut Basil Pesto. The symptoms of botulism poisoning include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. If no treatment is received, symptoms will include descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, followed by trouble breathing. Infants with botulism poisoning appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. If … [Read more...]

Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauces Recalled for Botulism Risk

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Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings is recalling Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauce, Richard’s Too Good Hot Sauce and Richard’s Too Good Teriyaki Sauce for possible botulism risk. Botulism is a potentially fatal foodborne illness. The sauces were improperly processed and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a nerve toxin which can cause botulism. Botulism, which causes paralysis, cannot be spread from person to person. Symptoms, which usually develop within 12 to 36 hours of exposure, include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness beginning with facial muscles and moving down. Respiratory failure occurs when it reaches the muscle groups that control lung function. Anyone who ate one of the … [Read more...]

In Canada, Farquhar’s Salmon Recalled for Possible Botulism

Farquhar Smoked Salmon Recall

In Canada, Farquhar's Orchards Fine Foods is recalling salmon products because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum toxin. The products were sold in Ontario. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products include Farquhar's Orchards Fine Foods House Candied Salmon in variable weights. All dates are recalled. The UPC numbers start with 0 204109. Also recalled is House Smoked Salmon, in variable weight packages. All dates are recalled, and the UPC number starts with 0 204108. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Remember that food contaminated with the Clostridium botulinum toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. A … [Read more...]

In Canada, Smoked Fish Recalled for Possible Botulism

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In Canada, Orr's Fine Meats and Deli in Ontario is recalling Smoked Fish because the product may permit the growth of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The store is located in Parry Sound. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Smoked White Fish in variable sizes (1 fillet). All codes are recalled. There is no UPC number. Also recalled is Smoked Lake Trout, in variable sizes (1 fillet). Again, all codes are recalled, and there is no UPC number. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard it in a closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The botulinum toxin will not cause food to smell off, and you cannot taste it or see it. But the toxin can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry … [Read more...]

Washington State Deli Recalls Canned Tomato Juice and Adjika

Tomato Juice Botulism

Marvel Food & Deli in Washington state is recalling all of its tomato juice and adjika (a spicy dip sometimes called Russian pesto) because the canning process needs to go through testing and evaluation. There have been no complaints of illness connected to the consumption of these products. But they were produced without the benefit of an approved procedure and permit, so are considered adulterated. Canned products that are inadequately processed may provide ideal growth conditions for Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Marvel Food & Deli has removed all existing in-house canned tomato juice and adjika from its shelves. The company will work with state and local agencies for approval of any future in-house canning production and sales. The symptoms of botulism poisoning … [Read more...]

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